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Monumentality in Eastern North America during the Mississippian Period

David G. Anderson

in Early New World Monumentality

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038087
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813038087.003.0004
Monumentality in Eastern North America during the Mississippian Period

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Most scholars would agree that monumental construction-specifically the building of mounds, earthworks, and enclosures and their placement adjacent to or around plazas, with sturdy fortifications at larger centers-is a particularly characteristic feature of Mississippian culture. While not all Mississippian sites are characterized by the construction of monuments, or monumentality, and indeed it is rare or nonexistent in hamlets or smaller communities, it does appear to have been an integral part of life in larger communities. In this chapter what is meant by monumentality during the Mississippian period is explored, with a particular emphasis on its origins and on the ways the subject is currently being examined by local archaeologists.

Keywords: Mississippian period; monumental construction; earthen mounds

Chapter.  11589 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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